Ask Your Physician You should consult your health care provider if you find genital warts on yourself or on your sexual partner(s). Because there is no way to predict whether the warts will grow or disappear, people who suspect that they have genital warts should also be examined and treated.
It may take from four weeks to eight months, or longer, for the warts to appear after contact with the virus. Sometimes warts never appear or you can’t see them. Whether you can see warts or not, the virus can still be passed on to others.
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Sometimes, it seems that new warts appear as fast as old ones go away. This happens when the old warts shed virus cells into the skin before the warts are treated. This allows new warts to grow around the first warts. The best way to prevent this is to have your dermatologist treat new warts as soon as they appear.
If you have had genital warts, you should be tested for cervical cancer at least once every year. Cervical cancer can be prevented with regular screening (Pap smears), and can be cured in most cases when it is detected in early stages.
Not all oral HPV infections lead to cancer, but the American Cancer Society estimates that about 51,540 people will get oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer in 2018 and about 10,000 will die from it. (3)
Acid (liquid or patch): The most common wart treatment is a special kind of acid, called salicylic acid, to put on the wart. Don’t worry. Acid sounds scary but it doesn’t really hurt, although it might sting just a bit. You can paint it on the wart like polish, or your parents can buy a patch that looks like a bandage and has the acid in it. Before your parents put on the acid, you should soak the wart in warm water for about 10 minutes. Then your parents should buff the wart with something that has a rough surface, like a cardboard nail file, called an emery board, or a special rough stone called a pumice stone. That softens up the wart so the acid works better. The acid peels away the skin. Eventually, the wart will peel away, too.
There has been a great deal of research into the use of B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc in treating genital warts in men. It’s highly likely that the same recommendations typically made for women would also apply to men, but there is no guarantee that they slow the development of genital warts. Still, preventing deficiencies (without any need to take expensive megadoses of any nutrient) seems prudent. Here is a typical nutritional program for preventing the progression of genital warts in men.
During a Pap test, your doctor will use a device called a speculum to hold open your vagina. He or she will then use a long-handled tool to collect a small sample of cells from your cervix — the passage between your vagina and your uterus. The cells are examined with a microscope for abnormalities.
Cutting the warts away can be done as an office procedure with local anesthesia. It is usually done when the warts are small in size and number. Surgical destruction or excision has been more effective in eradicating genital warts than medical therapies, but it carries a relatively high recurrence rate.
Warts come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. A wart may be a bump with a rough surface, or it may be flat and smooth. Tiny blood vessels grow into the core of the wart to supply it with blood. In both common and plantar warts, these blood vessels may like dark dots in the wart’s centre.
Use apple cider vinegar. Take a cotton ball (only enough to cover the wart) and soak it in the vinegar. Secure with a band aid overnight. Keep in mind that this might be very painful. Change the cotton pad daily and keep it on every night if you can. After one week, the body of the wart will start to peel off and you can gently scrape it away to reveal healthy flesh beneath. Let the area heal once this is done.
The more sexual partners men have, the more likely they are both to catch and to spread the virus. Men can spread the warts to their sex partners even if they use condoms, although condoms greatly reduce the rate of infections. Warts on the tip of the penis can infect “wet” surfaces in the vagina, cervix, rectum, and soft tissues of the mouth, while warts on the shaft of the penis can spread infection to the outside of the body of the sex partner where they come in contact with skin. It is not impossible to get genital warts on the fingers and hands. Various forms of HPV can cause cancers of the skin, penis, anus, rectum, cervix, throat, and eyes. There are four forms of HPV that can cause melanoma.
Cancer. Cervical cancer has been closely linked with genital HPV infection. Certain types of HPV also are associated with cancer of the vulva, cancer of the anus, cancer of the penis, and cancer of the mouth and throat. Human papillomavirus infection doesn’t always lead to cancer, but it’s still important for women to have regular Pap tests, particularly if you’ve been infected with higher risk types of HPV.
“Crabs” is the common term for lice that set up shop in pubic hair. The term comes from the shape of the tiny parasites, which look very different from head or body lice. The creatures crawl from one person to another during close contact. Pubic lice can be killed with over-the-counter lotions.
Testing positive for HPV does not automatically mean you will get cancer. Some studies estimate that 50 percent of those infected with HPV will clear the virus within eight months— and 90 percent will be cured within two years. It’s only when your immune system isn’t able to fight off the infection that some strains of HPV can persist and possibly lead to cancer.
Use hot water and pumice. Soak the wart in hot water until it softens. Scrape it down with a piece of coarse exfoliating pumice until you reach level with the skin. Take bleach on a cotton swab and hold it against the wart for 15 minutes (this may sting a bit). You must wash the area well after applying bleach.
Genital warts must be treated by your doctor. Warts in the genital area can be removed, but there’s no cure for the viral infection that causes the warts. This means that the warts may come back even after they have been removed.
Podofilox is one of the more effective topical creams in clearing warts. According to one study, outbreaks in nearly half of the people using the cream improved by 50 percent or more. Twenty-nine percent of participants saw their warts clear completely.